Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons)

Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons)

School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors




Under- graduate


  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CB69; Short form: BSc/SC

  • Fees:

    £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Behind every elite sports star sits an elite support team. If you want to help high performance athletes perform at their physiological and physical best, this extremely popular degree will prepare you for a rewarding, fascinating career. You’ll graduate with the ability to design and deliver effective strength and conditioning programmes for a range of people, after studying within a diverse and interesting peer group. The field of strength, conditioning and human performance is rapidly expanding - this dynamic course will enable you to take full advantage of this growth as you start your professional career.

Foundation Entry
If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, take a look at the Foundation Entry route:
BSc (Hons) Sport, Rehabilitation and Nutritional Sciences (Foundation Entry)

Programme Spec

To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme spec.

Entry Requirements

BBC - ABB at A2, DMM - DDM at QCFBED. D*D* at QCFBD. Access to Higher Education 30 level credits at Distinction. 25 - 27 Points in IB. 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English.

Applications are welcomed from mature and industry-based individuals.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

Students will be required to obtain a DBS (disclosure of barring service) before being accepted.


Contact UCLan

Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

How to Apply

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Intro to Physiology for Sport & Exercise Science
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Anatomy
  • Introduction to Exercise Leadership & Gym Orientation
  • Intro to Sports Analysis in S&C
Optional Modules (choose one)
  • Intro to Sports Biomechanics
  • Intro to Nutrition

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Essentials of Sport Training and Conditioning
  • Research Methods
  • Strength & Conditioning in Practice (Sem 2 only)
  • Common Sports Injuries and Injury Prevention

Optional Modules (choose one)

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Physiology of Human Performance
  • Essentials of skill Development

Year 3/4

Year 3 - Work Placement (Option)

Year 4

Core Modules

  • Careers in Sport
  • Advanced Analysis in S&C
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment & Conditioning

Optional Modules (choose two)

  • Biomechanics of Posture & Injury in Sport
  • Psychology For Sport Performance
  • Exercise Referral
  • Applied Biomechanics

UCLan Open Day

Experience UCLan for yourself: talk to lecturers, walk around campus and chat to students.

15th November 2014

Further Information

The BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning programme will enable you to take advantage of the growth in the cutting edge development of human performance and provide you with the necessary skills needed to work in this field. You'll develop practical skills underpinned by scientific knowledge - essential for strength & conditioning professionals and applied sports scientists. Students will thus be able to design and deliver effective strength and conditioning programmes to a range of individuals.

Work experience is incorporated into the course in the form of consultancy-based projects. The course team's strong link within the industry mean that you will gain invaluable contacts while on the course, and allows you to gain experience of working with high performance athletes.

Learning outcomes are aligned with the guidelines issued by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) - accreditation with whom is practically a prerequisite to work in this field- and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA). This course will prepare you for accreditation.

You will undertake a first year consisting of key underpinning knowledge and skills, such as, functional anatomy and physiology, and biomechanics, while maintaining strength and conditioning emphasis. You will then progress on to specific strength and conditioning based modules in the second and third years including practice-based opportunities in each of these years.

Content includes: Programme design; Neuromuscular control; Functional Anatomy; Applied strength and conditioning; Exercise and health; Research methods; Biomechanics and movement analysis; Psychology; and Lab time.

On the course, you will develop practical competency by spending time in the gym, in the purpose built lifting suite at UCLan Sports Arena (USA) and by visiting clubs to experience hands on coaching.

Late Applications

We are still accepting applications for a number of courses starting in 2014, please contact us for further information.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

Our strong links with industry and the sports profession - including Preston North End, Blackpool FCC, Burnley FCC, Wigan Warriors - mean you can gain experience of working with high performance athletes while developing your own invaluable network of contacts.

You'll also enjoy student membership of BASES (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences), allowing you to build your academic and research expertise while on the course - and beyond, as membership transforms to professional upon graduation.

Professional Accreditation

The course will prepare graduates for UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation. UKSCA is the UK body for strength and conditioning courses; the level of professional recognition in this field has seen accreditation with UKSCA rise to practically a prerequisite to work within this field.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of different ways. These include key note lectures, use of case study material, seminars and practical sessions, and problem-based learning. The degree utilises a variety of assessment strategies, including case studies, presentations, assignments, practical vivas and a project. Students will also develop practical competency by spending time in the gym, purpose built lifting suite at UCLan Sports Arena (USA) and visiting clubs to experience hands on coaching.

Teaching staff on the Strength and Conditioning course are not only academic but are active in research and coaching in the field of high performance sports. The majority are still in professional practice. The course is led by Chris Edmundson.


A rewarding career awaits - you could find yourself working in sports performance or with high performance atheletes, or working in the NHS or for local authorities. Graduates can also go on to a career as a consultant or working for governing bodies, and social work and health and fitness clubs are also options. Many of our graduates are now undertaking coaching roles in strength and conditioning, such as, Strength and Conditioning Coach for a sports club, Freelance Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as Health settings, including in the medical field. If you'd like to continue your education, you can go on to our related Masters programmes, such as, MSc Strength and Conditioning (subject to validation), MSc Sports and Exercise Biomechanics or MSc Sports and Exercise Physiology, and research opportunities via MPhil.


The course will make use of some of the outstanding facilities at the University, including the biomechanics and physiology labs, and the multi-million pound UCLan Sports Arena (USA). The latter houses a purpose built strength and conditioning facility, which has received a significant investment in equipment.

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